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The Swing Ninjas

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High energy, 4-part harmony, singing swing band combing the best of New Orleans and UK swing - playing well known and original swing.
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BIO Starting out life as a busking trio, the Swing Ninjas, now up to an 8-piece band, headline festivals from Virginia to Bahrain. Playing and singing a mix of New Orleans' swing and new UK swing, with a modern musical flair, this Brighton (UK) based band is taking the sound of a raucous 1930s band to all stages and parties that can fit them on. With 2 original albums and 4 albums of classic New Orleans / UK swing and jazz, it’s little wonder this fun-loving, charming and soulful group play over 150 shows a year. Uniquely, they can be mobile (walkabout) or mic'd up on stage - or both! 100 year-old music is given a breathe of fresh air by the highly skilled energetic performance, group vocal harmonies, immaculate dress and tongue-in-cheek charm of the band. This is not stagnant swing and jazz as you know it. The main band comprises of alto sax, helicon/tuba, Gibson guitar, double bass, piano and drums (depending on the size of band) and features group vocal harmonies. GIG HIGHLIGHTS Recent public gig highlights include a tour to Virgina (USA) New Orleans (USA), Bahrain Jazz Festival (Bahrain), Lenk (Switzerland), WOMAD Festival (UK), Twinwood Festival (UK), Guinness Jazz Festival (Ireland), Hamburg Lindy Exchange (2014), Moods Jazz Club (Zurich), Oxford Lindy Exchange, Moulin Rouge (Paris), Chill Out Festival (Istanbul), White Mink (London), Royal Albert Hall (London), as well as playing dance events and parties in Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Monaco, Luxembourg, Belgium, Portugal and a plethora of other venues, festivals and parties in cities around Europe.

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Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Christmas, Film / TV music, Marching, Klezmer, Jewish music
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Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Virtual event
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Song list

King of the Swingers (Jungle Book)
Bare Necessities (Jungle Book)
Trust In Me (Jungle Book)
Putting On The Ritz
When You're Smiling
Mack the Knife
Minnie the Moocher
Pennies From Heaven
Sing Sing Sing
I've Got Rhythm
Bourbon Street Parade
Ain't Misbehavin'
Sweet Georgia Brown
Five Feet Two
Cheek to Cheek
I've Got You Under My Skin
Fly Me to the Moon
New York New York
Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
How High the Moon
Exactly like you
I Can't Believe You're in Love with Me
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Minor Swing
South Of France
Nature Boy
Sweet Sue
Russian Lullaby
Everybody Loves My Baby
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
What Is This Thing Called Love
Georgia On My Mind
Mood Indigo
Night and Day
Besame Mucho
It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
Blue Drag
After You've Gone
I've Found A New Baby
Dark Eyes
St. James' Infirmary
All Of Me
My Baby Don’t Care For Me
Love Me or Leave Me
Swing Brother Swing
Tiger Rag
Cement Mixer
Flat Foot Flugie
Buck Dance Rhythm
Peanut Vendor
Dunkin' Bagels
Minor Blues
Lester Leaps In
Here Comes The Bride
Happy Birthday (swing version)
Billie’s Bounce
Body And Soul
Cry Me A River
Oh When the Saints
Walking Stick
All the Things You Are
Bei Mir Bist Du Shoen
Three Blind Mice
Almost Like Being in Love
If I Had You
Down By The Riverside
Minnie The Moocher
Hit The Road Jack
Fly Me To The Moon
Just a Gigolo
Swing Ninjas Originals
Sheik of Araby
Old Man of the Mountain
Route 66
I'm Beginning to see the Light
Is you Is or Is You Ain't My Baby
Chicken Rhythm
Klezmer / Jewish Wedding:
Mazal Tov
Hava Nagila
Tanz Tanz
Ose Shalom
Hevenu Shalom
Od Yishama
Joseph Joseph
Christmas tunes:
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Jingle Bells
White Christmas
Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Winter Wonderland
Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
God rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Christmas Time in New Orleans
Frosty The Snowman
Let It Snow!
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We absolutely love the music we play and sharing that joy with others - no matter what situation we find ourselves, the warmth emanates from the first note. Combing expert musicianship with the passion and soul of a music that is timeless, and appeals equally to young and old alike.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Bahrain Jazz Festival, Virgina (USA), Casablanca (Morocco), Chill Out Festival (Istanbul), New Orleans (USA), Lenk (Switzerland), WOMAD Festival (UK), Twinwood Festival (UK), Guinness Jazz Festival (Ireland), Moods Jazz Club (Zurich), Moulin Rouge (Paris), Royal Albert Hall (London) and plenty of private villas, castles, yachts, clubs and venues in Europe.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

The Bahrain Jazz Festival was spectacular, as was being invited to perform for the Rockefeller wedding in Asolo, Italy. Performing for royalty at the Bal D'Etoile in Paris was great, and our sets on a private yacht in Cannes wasn't too bad - but we've also had our best moments at smaller more intimate venues where the audience hangs on and loves every note!

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes! For smaller events, or for the perfect champagne&canapés reception, our 3/4 piece is perfect. For larger evening events, go for the 5/6/7 piece. When you want a BIG show, our 9/10 piece includes the vocal harmony trio with the band behind - so good!

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We are always really flexible with timings - just get in touch and we'll bend over backwards to make sure everything works out perfectly.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes - we can provide something, or usually we plug in a device of your choice (phone, iPad etc) to play background music.

How much time do you need to set up?

We normally allow 1 hour to set up, but does depend on band size.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Yes! In true New Orleans tradition, we can be fully mobile and acoustic, or semi-acoustic moving from place to place.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

A small PA (for about 80 people) is included in the price. However, we recommend hiring in (either you or us) a bigger PA for larger venues, more people or larger band size. We don't provide lighting - but can hire in at cost price if needed.


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Up to 1 hour£900
Up to 2 hours£1150
Up to 3 hours£1350
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From Encore customers:

Geoff L
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Great band, very flexible. Provided the perfect background music to a prestige event. Would definitely hire them again.

Anne H
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

It was, quite simply, an absolute joy to have the Ninja Quintet playing at our Almshouses Jubilee Party. The musicians added style and a very special touch to the celebratory atmosphere, and I cannot thank them enough. The music and was just perfect for the occasion and so very much appreciated by all our residents and their guests. The whole booking process was seamless with any questions quickly answered - thank you Bruce! We had such fun and I would highly recommend the Ninjas to anyone looking to book them!

Reply from The Swing Ninjas
3 months ago

Thanks so much Anne - it was an absolute pleasure and we had such great interactions and feedback from the lovely residents!

Martin K
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5 out of 5

They were excellent. Music was great. Friendly and professional.

Imogen A
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5 out of 5

A real pleasure from start to finish. Bruce was so quick to respond to our wedding request, and we were able to organise a trio for the beginning of the reception with the full 9 piece (including the incredible Shout Sisters) playing us into the evening. It really helped tie the whole event together, and so many of our guests have told us how much they enjoyed the music and the atmosphere it provided. Us millennials had our knees well and truly up, my parents were (quite literally) swinging each other around the room, and even my 88 year old grandfather in law was dancing the entire final set. Wouldn’t hesitate to book again - thanks so much all. We had an absolute blast!

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From other customers:

Princess S
8 years ago

Thanks so much for your wonderful performance at the “Bal des Etoiles”. You are very talented, I am sure we will work again on another beautiful ball!

Rock M
6 years ago

flowing dresses and sharp can hear the band are having a whole heap of fun...

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